It’s better we legalize and regulate okada- Mahama

The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has called on Ghanaians to accept the fact that there is very little option when it comes to the legalization of okada.

After speaking on Accra based Class FM, Monday, 14th September 2020, Mr Mahama was overwhelmed by a plethora of okada riders and their leadership as he addressed them at the premises of Class FM.

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Addressing the crowd, he stated that when he announced that the NDC would legalize and regulate it, some people were being hypocritical about it. He compared such ones to ostriches who hid their small heads in the sand and left their big bodies rather to the teeming public.

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Okada riders anxiously awaiting for the legalization of the trade

According to Mahama, whether Ghanaians like it or not okada has come to stay, hence it is very prudent it is legalized and regulated especially as it is the only means of transportation in some parts of the country.

“When I announced our intention to legalise okada and regulate it, there were varied opinions on it. We cannot behave like ostriches with our heads in the sand because it’s a business that has come to stay and sustaining many people. We like it or not, it is reality and so it’s better we legalise and regulate and make it safe so that they can become part of our transport modes.”

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Mr Mahama further added that there are a lot of reasons why it is very essential to regulate and legalize okada. According to the NDC’s flagbearer, some people ride it to work, others use it as a form of courier service, while others use it as a form of commercial means of transport.

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“There are some people who ride motorcycles to work every day because that is the means of transport they can afford. There are those who ride it to deliver parcels, food and other items and there are others who use it for commercial purposes and people sit behind, and they take them from one location to another’ he added.

He mentioned among other benefits that if it is legalized, it is the best means of making the riding of okada very safer especially as the motorcycles can be insured to give protection and support in times of an accident.

“If we legalise it, we will be able to make it safer. We will be able to ensure that there is some insurance for the person sitting on it so if anything happens the person is covered.”

Scores of Ghanaians have made a lot of reservations on this subject as a total of 732 people have died through motorcycle accidents in Ghana in 2019 alone.

SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI

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